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an event in springfield, virginia near the nation's capital. focusing on foreign affairs, but trade an energy. let's listen in. >> about two-thirds of the jobs created in america over the last 15 years were created by small business. i want small businesses to grow and be able to hire more people and, by the way, to pay higher wages. do you realize over the last four years the median income in america has dropped every single year? so not only are there 23 million people struggling to find a good job, and half our college kids not able to find work or work consistent with a college degree, but incoming are going down. at the same time food prices are up, electric prices are up. gasoline prices have doubled. these are tough times for the american people. and the answer to help the american people is to get small business growing again, hiring people again, raising wages
again. i know how to do it. we're going to do that. and as the secretary said, my plans include pro growth tax policies, regulatory policies that encourage small business. by the way, i want to take this big cloud off small business that's keeping about three quarters of them from hiring people. that is, i've got to get rid of obama care and replace it with something that will work. [ cheers and applause ] so two very different paths. one is the path the president proposed which is the status quo. his is the path of -- well, he calls it forward. i call it forewarned. it's the same series of policies he's put in place over the last four years, and they have not worked. if you don't believe me, look at the price of gasoline and look at the jobs in your community
and the members of your family struggling for good work. if you don't believe me, look at the numbers that just came out in the growth of our economy. 1.3% verses russia at 4%. china at 7% to 8%. we're at 1.3%. this is unacceptable. it is not working. i know what it takes to get us working. he's put us on a road to europe. europe doesn't work in europe. i want to get us back to being america where people come here, build enterprises here. we fulfill american dreams. we keep the hope alive in america. [ cheers and applause ] and this matters. you know this matters. this counts. it counts for the 23 million people struggling to get a job,
getting a better job today. it counts for the young people. today we wonder whether that's true. the majority of americans don't think that's the case. this matters. there's one more sense in which it matters. that's what i began with, and that is our military capability. our ability to defend our liberty and the liberty of our friends around the world, with whom we trade and with whom we trade and whose prosperity depends on our trade. i was in poland and got the chance to meet a hero. i came in and he said, mr. romney, you've just come from the united states. you must be tired. you sit, i'll talk. you listen. and so i did. then he said this. and he repeated it again and again. where is american leadership?
we need american leadership. where is american leadership? then he'd talk about a region of the world and what was happening in that region. then he'd say where is american leadership? then he'd go to another region and talk about the challenges there. where is american leadership? the world has always looked to us as the shining city on the hill. that light looks dimmer. we keep kicking the challenges down the road and hope someone else will deal with it. that time is now ours. this is the greatest generation that left us this nation so prosperous and so free. now it's our turn. they've held the torch alost for the whole world to see. a torch of freedom, opportunity and hope. they're getting fewer and further between, the greatest generation. they can't hold it quite as high as they used to. it's our turn to grab the torch. when i became president --
[ cheers and applause ] -- we're going to do what we have to do, we're going to do what we have to do to get that torch high and very, very bright indeed. we'll make sure and restore the principals this nation was built upon of freedom and opportunity. we'll make sure to restore our economy and put people back to work, get rising takehome pay again. we'll make sure we have a military second to none. i will do those things. i look forward to being the commander in chief to keep this nation strong. i make that commitment to you. i need your help. we've got to win in virginia. i need your help to get veterans here. thank you so much. thank you! >> all right. we're watching mitt romney there in springfield, virginia. only 40 days until the election. president obama we're also watching for as well. he's also in virginia, expected to speak in virginia beach
moments from now. you see the podium there. virginia, a very important swing state. 13 electoral votes in that state. the recent polls now showing that president obama is slightly, slightly ahead of romney in the state. the last cnn poll of polls for virginia, he was leading 50% to romney's 44%. you might recall back in 2008 president obama won virginia and became the first democrat since 1964, lyndon johnson to actually win that state and that was significant. i'll bring in jim acosta who is traveling with mitt romney. he's at the event talking a little bit about the message we heard from mitt romney. clearly it's important for him to reach the working class. that came in some of the comments he made regarding trade with china. what does he need to do? what does his team think they need to do to make sure he holds on to virginia? >> reporter: suzanne, as you
know, all politics is local. virginia is a big military state. no surprise mitt romney would come to this crowd of veterans here to talk about defense issues. he talked a whole lot about president obama and the deal that was made with congress for sequestration cuts that would impact the defense department greatly. mitt romney said, if he were elected president, he would reverse those cuts. at a certain point during this speech, he talked about how he would actually add personnel to the united states military, not cut personnel. of course, that's going to raise the question where did that money come from? the romney campaign says all that is paid for. but you also heard mitt romney talk about the gd pfrnlts report that came out today that showed in the second quarter of this year, the nation's gdp was revised downward from 1.7% to 1.3%. mitt romney tried to link that issue to national defense. at one point saying in the his
remarks here that china's economy is growing faster than the united states. russia's economy is growing faster than the united states and that a weak economy means weak national security. it's no surprise he tailored that message that this audience. suzanne, from a pure political standpoint, if mitt romney can't flip virginia back to the republican column -- as we know president obama won four years ago here. if he can't do that, it's going to be very tough. these are states that romney has to flip back to the republican column if he wants to be elected president. >> jim, one of the things i noticed, too, that's different here, virginia's unemployment rate is much lower than the national average. you're talking about a national average of over more than 8%, virginia hovering in the 5% range or so. is his message of creating more jobs. is that really going to resonate in virginia? >> reporter: that is why i think, suzanne, we heard him
talking about defense jobs. as he was putting it here a few moments ago, if the sequestration cuts happen -- you hear it here in the local media. while the economy is doing quite well, better than the national average. we heard the governor of this state, bob mcdonnell, tout this state's economy even at the republican convention, there are worries about defense cuts and what that would mean to the local economy. that's why i think you heard mitt romney tailoring his message to that particular issue. this is an issue for mitt romney all over the country. ohio's unemployment rate has plummeted in the last couple years. also in new hampshire, another battleground state, iowa, another battleground state. these are states mitt romney needs to put into his column, but the economy an those states is doing fairly well. that's going to be an issue for
him. >> all right, jim acosta, thank you. good to see you. we're watching, keeping our eyes out. this is virginia beach where he'll be speaking shortly. you see the podium there. they'll introduce him as soon as he walks to the podium, we'll take that live as well. one of the most divisive international conflicts is taking general stage at the u.n., the palestinian authority and prime minister of israel making addresses soon. we'll take those live as well. one leader is making a fresh push for independence. the other will ask the united states to help prevent all-out war with iran. let's go to richard roth, our senior united nations correspondent. first, let's talk about mahmoud abbas. last year he failed at that same podium to make the case that the palestinian status should be raised as a state, that they should have statehood. now he's going to go back and say we want a beefed-up status
for palestinians shy of statehood. what would that accomplish? why is he doing that? >> well, for them, it's another symbolic improvement of their situation diplomatically. it is a step-down from the rousing reception he received last year when he announced that the palestinians want their own state and they made a push for it. the united states blocked them in the security council. the only organization here at the u.n. that can approve that. the u.s. has veto power. now they're back to palestinians. something called non-u.n. member status. it allows them to be on the same level as the vatican, allows them to vote in different u.n. organizations, potentially get closer in the international criminal court for bringing cases to israel. it's a step-down from last year. there really hasn't been that pomp around the u.n., the drama leading up to. this they'll wait until after the u.s. elections to introduce an election.
>> we know, richard, a lot of the pomp and excitement is about the prime minister benjamin netanyahu who will come forward and speak before this body soon. we heard from the white house that there's a scheduled phone call between netanyahu and obama, netanyahu felt snubbed he didn't have a meeting with the president while he was here. what is the white house going to be listening for now when netanyahu goes before this world body? >> i think they'll be upset if netanyahu says in any way where he has said in other forums, where he wants washington to set up these, quote, red lines about iran, red lines that would trigger a u.s. response to knock out possible nuclear capabilities. they're going to push -- the wash is, for their standard two-state solution, israel and the palestinians and this issue best settled in the region.
that's not going to please the palestinians it seems president obama and president netanyahu, they have some of the most contentious relationships in the last four years. netanyahu after his yom kippur fast ended issued a blistering attack on iran and ahmadinejad saying iran still wants to wipe israel off the face of the map. look for very dramatic language focused at tehran. >> we heard from president obama who went before the u.n. and said, let me be clear, america wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy. we believe there's time and space to do so but time is not unlimited. does netanyahu have any sway when it comes to the white house, with the obama administration, to move any closer to his timetable? he is talking about war with iran potentially being imminent if they're able to get a nuclear
weapon. >> this has been going on some time as to how close they really are. i think netanyahu makes the white house and others nervous because of the election. we saw the u.s. boycott iran's speech yesterday. they stated they weren't in the room at the general assembly because of iran's position and because it was the yom kippur holiday. they were in the room for other speeches on the yom kippur holiday. i think this will go right up to election day. the israelly leaders putting some heat on. i think there's no doubt they wouldn't mind if they saw romney get in. >> thank you very much, richard. we'll bring the speeches for you live both from mahmoud abbas as well as netanyahu. it has been two weeks since the attack on the consulate in benghazi. why wasn't the fbi actually visited the skrim scene yet? we'll stake a look at the reasons.
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now more than two weeks since the violent death of four americans in libyan, one of them the u.s. ambassador. in those two weeks, not a single fbi agent has set foot on the place where this actually happened. u.s. investigators are in the country but not in benghazi where somebody fired rockets into the u.s. consulate during a demonstration on september 11th. our national security contributor fran townsend just returned from libya. she was on cnn with anderson cooper last night. listen. >> what we found out today from senior law enforcement officials is that while the fbi has finally made it to tripoli. they've never made it to
benghazi. >> they haven't been on the ground in benghazi? >> they have not. in fact, it was taking so long to get permission to get into tripoli, the fbi deployed closer. they have conducted interviews of those in labia at the time of the attack, but not been able to get -- they've gotten as far as tripoli, but never gotten to benghazi. they made a request that the crime scene be security. as we know from arwa damon's reporting and other public reporting, the state department, we don't know whether the state department put that request to the libyans and whether it was denied. what we know for sure is the crime scene was never secured. the senior law enforcement official i spoke to said, if we get there now, it's not clear it will be of any use to us. the third and really critical and astonishing point to me that they made was, look, one of the things we have to do is question the individuals the libyans have in custody to get to the bottom of this, to understand what they're learning. in fact, they made request
through the state department. that was denied by libya. so the fbi has to pass any questions they have through the state department to the libyan government. they put the questions and you wait for sort of like a child's game of telephone that information to come back before you can follow up. not at all the ideal way to run an investigation. >> libyan government says it has questioned dozens of people trying to find out who is behind the attack that killed u.s. ambassador chris stevens and others with him. >> most fathers think they know what is best for their daughters. this dad taking it to the extreme. why he wants to pay somebody millions of dollars to marry his daughter. crazy. [ sobbing ] [ male announcer ] layaway's back. shop now and have more time to pay. walmart. it's got that sweet honey taste. but no way it's 80 calories, right? no way, right? lady, i just drive the truck.
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just an hour ago which is deep in debt announced what protesters in the streets have been waiting to cut, what's going to be cut in the 2013 budget. those cuts included a whopping $15 billion u.s. dollars. protesters worry it's on their backs and not the backs of the well think. thousands of protesters hit the street yesterday in anticipation of what was going to be
announced. richard quest is joining us from london. good to see you. let's put it into perspective here. we know spain has the fourth largest economy in the european union. deep recession since june. the country needs the deep cuts to qualify, to borrow more money in the european union. where does this leave these guys, the protesters in the street? >> that's the interesting point. the government announcing new measures in today's budget. about 58% of the money needed will come from spending cuts, 42% will come from new taxes. now, of course, the devil in any budget deal is in the detail. that's what the protesters will be wanting to see. the government is still saying 64% of government budget will be spent on social issues and social spending. we're not exactly rolling up the
carpet and going home. the problem is, as spain enters its third year of recession, the people in the country are saying it's not enough, suzanne. what we're now looking for is whether or not spain has done enough to introduce austerity that the europeans will be happy with. but at the same time, that some form of economic growth going forward. >> any reaction from the people in the streets? we've seen protests erupted on tuesday. this is not good news. do we expect there's going to be more violence? >> well, you know, one hesitates to ever say what the mob on the street will ever do. i haven't heard what's happening in barcelona or other cities where there's been major disturbances. what you need to focus on now is yes, the streets and the people because that's a driving force of what the government will decide. but the government is between a
rock and the pro verbal. it's got to keep the people reasonably happy -- let me rephrase that. at least not dramatically unhappy, but it has to keep its options open in case it needs to go to the european commission and say hand over the cash. >> richard, real quickly, what's the ripple effect when it comes to united states? >> the ripple effect is confidence, confidence, confidence. a lack of confidence evaporates the thin level of air in the u.s. economy. >> richard quest, thank you. appreciate it. want to go straight to president alabama at virginia beach speaking at a campaign rally. >> i've got to tell you, the reason is in the coming weeks, you'll have a big choice to make.
jim couldn't have been more eloquent about what's at stake. this is not just a choice about two candidates between candidates or two parties. it's a choice between two fundamentally different visions about how we move forward, two different ideas about our future. today i believe as a nation we're moving forward again. we're not where we need to be, not yet. we've got a lot more folks who have to get back to work. we've got a lot more work to do to make the middle class secure again. but the question is whose plan is better for you? i know some in the crowd may be a little bias, but i also want to speak to the audience who may be seeing this over the television. look, my opponent is a big believer in top-down economics. he thinks that if you just spend
another $5 trillion on tax cuts that favor the wealth yeast americans. if you get rid of more regulations on wall street, that jobs and prosperity will rain down on everybody, the deficit will magically disappear, we'll live happily ever after. but there's a problem with this. we just tried this. we tried it in the last decade before i was elected president. it didn't work then and it won't work now. because top down economics doesn't work. we don't need to double down on the same trickle-down policies that got us into this mess in the first place. this country doesn't succeed when only the rich get richer. we succeed when the middle class gets bigger. when there are ladders of opportunity for all who strive to get into the middle class,
when everybody willing to work hard has a chance to get ahead and live up to their god-given potential. i don't think we can get very far with leaders who write off half the nation as a bunch of victims who never take responsibility for their own lives. i travel around a lot in virginia and across this country. i don't meet a lot of victims. i see hard working virginians, students trying to work their way through college. i see single moms like my mom putting in over time to raise their kids right. [ cheers and applause ] i see senior citizens who have been saving for retirement your entire lives. like jim web said, i see a whole bunch of veterans who serve this country with bravery and distinction. and i see soldiers who defend our freedom every single day
i see those military families who are wondering whether their loved ones are going to come back home safe and sound. that's who i see. we don't believe anybody is entitled to success in this country. we don't believe government should help folks learn, willing to try to help themselves. we do believe in something called opportunity. we do believe in a country where hard work pays off, where responsibility is rewarded, where everyone gets a fair shot and everybody is doing their fair share and everybody plays by the same rules. we believe in an america where no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, no matter who you love, you can make it if you try. that's the country i believe in. that's what i've been fighting for as president. that's why i'm running for a
second term as president of the united states of america. >> four more years! four more years! four more years! >> you know, during campaign season, you always hear a lot about patriotism. well, you know what, it's time for a new economic patriotism. an economic patriotism rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong and thriving middle class. i won't pretend that getting there is easy. the truth is it's going to take a few more years to solve challenges that were building up over decades, but i want everybody here to understand that our problems can't be
solved, our challenges will be met. we've got everything it takes to succeed. we have the best workers in the world. we have the best entrepreneurs in the world. we've got the best researchers and scientists in the world. we've got the best colleges and universities in the world. i travel around the world and i know there isn't another country on earth that wouldn't trade places with the united states of america. no matter how hard the path may seem sometimes, the bath i'm offering leads to a better place. that's why i put forward a practical plan to create jobs and grow the middle class, rebuild this economy on a stronger foundation. so what's my plan? just in case you weren't watching the convention or maybe you just saw michelle so i won't to lay it out for you.
number one, i want to export more products oand outsource fewer jobs. >> president obama getting a rousing applause in the crittle bottle ground state of virginia. polls showing he is slightly ahead of romney at this point but trying to maintain that lead, 40-something days to go before the election. we're also watching this as well. syria -- they escaped the fighting in syria. it is hard to believe, now the situation for refugees is actually getting worse.
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military building in damascus. dozens of people were killed today. the death toll yesterday, even worse. an opposition group says at least 343 people were killed, making it the deadliest day since the syrian uprising began last year. war is also taking a devastating toll on the living, talking about the thousands of civilians desperately looking to escape the violence. today the united nations made a formal plea for nearly half a billion dollars in donations to help out the syrian refugees. some refugees are not able to get along the country, they are stuck along the border with turkey. ivan watson is talking to the families struggling to zur vooif. i have to warn you that some of these images are pretty disturbing. >> reporter: they live almost hidden in the olive groves. syrian families sleeping in the dirt. over the last month, a makeshift camp of more than 5,000 people has sprung up on the northern
edge of syria. families made homeless by war. there are no toilets here. residents line up for water that looks hard to even swallow. water that this man has gotten used to drinking. >> i've been here from one month ago, one month, five days. living here under the olive trees. it's not nice. it's not healthy, also. >> reporter: why did you come here? >> i come here because my house is destroyed. there is no house for me. >> reporter: everyone tells stories of rockets and air strikes, artillery and explosions. this man fled here from the battleground city of aleppo. his 2-year-old daughter was badly burned when a bomb blew up his house last month. i try to ask her how are you.
she's deaf now? she can't hear. the little girl has been deaf ever since the explosion. we see far too many children here covered in insect bites, suffering from fever and diarrhea. >> she has fever. >> reporter: is there a doctor? >> there's no doctor. >> reporter: this filthy camp sits less than 100 yards from the turkish border. >> just want to go to turkey? >> yes. we want just to go there to save ourselves, our children, our relatives. >> reporter: for more than a year turkey welcomed fleeing syrians, caring for them in well organized camps. but the syrian refugee population in turkey recently swelled to more than 87,000. now turkey appears to have partially shut what it once called its open door policy for
syrians. these des prot people are stuck waiting at the border. under the eyes of a turkish border post, they hold a futile protest begging the turkish government to let them in. some of the children here look dazed, overwhelmed by their surroundings. the faces of what could be a lost generation. they are victims of a conflict that's tearing syria apart. at sunset, the families get ready for another night under the olive trees, hoping that tomorrow their turkish neighbors will finally let them in. ivan watson, cnn on the syrian border with turkey. >> there's a possible solution to cutting down world hunger and pushing the economies in europe and japan into double digit growth. our next guest is explaining why helping women changes the world.
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giving the world an economic shot in the arm, boosting prospects for peace. a tall order, right? my next guest says it can be done by taking issue on one single issue. we're talking about boosting the well-being of women. she's been named one of for's magazine's five most powerful women. good to see you, valonne. when hillary clinton was first woman, you traveled by her side. you have a new title. ambassador at large for global women's issues. what is the most important challenge facing women and young girls. >> women and young girls are a big part of the solution to creating economic prospect, to bringing peace and security to reality, to a development of
countries to be that much more possible. i think what the data shows is that investing in women and girls is about the most effective investment we can make. similarly we know women's economic participation whether in the workforce or as entrepreneurs can grow gdp, grow jobs, have a significant impact on the kind of investments we need to make to be able to create economic outcomes. >> i want to show the viewers some of the statistics to back up what you're talking about. you say when people have equal access to agricultural resource, as many as 150 million fewer people will go hungry. you say if women participate in the gd pfrnlts, the united states, the eurozone, japan, that will go up double digits. clearly there seems to be a huge impact on the economies. in your experience, why aren't these governments scrambling to open up those opportunities.
>> i think this is both the right thing to do and the smart thing to do. thanks to the kind of evidence you just put up, there is a greater recognition today that everybody needs to move forward, governments, the private sector, civil society at large. i think greater efforts are being made. progress is certainly happening. but it's very uneven progress. some parts of the world it's greater than in other parts. >> tell us where that's the case. where is the most difficult places where young girls and women aren't making progress? >> well, if you look at the world economic forums gender gap report, for example, or you look at the undp's report on the arab world, you will see many of the arab countries, for example, clustered in the lower tiers of those statistics. and that is because the full potential of women economically and politically is not yet being tapped.
the education gaps are -- there's a greater effort to close those gaps and there's greater progress. economically we are nowhere where we could be and should be to tap the potential that women represent. in terms of political participation, it is still among the weakest areas to really incorporate women into decision making and public policy so they can bring their experiences, their talents and perspectives to bear on some of the most important decisions of our times. >> where are the places that you think you have seen a good bit of progress with girls and with women, even some models maybe, to look to those countries and say, look, we're seeing a real change? >> the scandinavian countries for the most part really do top all of the lists because they have made great strides to demonstrate that this is both the right thing to do, as i said, but it also has made
enormous dividends for them in terms of their economic prosperity and in terms of the general well-being of their people. but others are coming forward and i think this tremendous evidence, not just based on the strong moral suasion of this argument in treating all of our people equally, but the strong data that is saying this is clearly in ourself interest, whether we're running economies or we're running governments or whatever we're trying to do, it is -- to short change half of our populations is to short change the outcomes we want to see. >> mel land revere, good to see you as always. >> good to see you, suzanne. readers anxiously awaiting her latest book. we'll go live to london to check it out. [ thunder crashes ]
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it's been a pretty relatively calm day here despite the fact that this book has sold very well, has sold very well online. it's been a bestseller already in pre sales. but in terms of today, it seems to be a steady trickle of people through the store to buy the bo book. after all, we haven't seen the hallmarks of a harry potter launch. i haven't seen anyone dressed up in a wizard's costume. this isn't designed for a wizard's audience. this is, as you mentioned, a very adult book. as j.k. rowling described on abc's good morning america contains very adult themes. let's have a listen. >> there's adolescent sex. >> yes. >> there's cutting. >> yes.
>> there's death. >> yes. but it's a comedy. there are all those things. when i read the blurb that said it's a black comedy. i thought, that's not maybe how i would have described it. i would have said it's a comic tragedy. we have an adult character in the book who has obsessive compulsive disorder. these are things i know from the inside, yeah. >> the ocd part of it as well. >> when i was in my teens i had issues with ocd. >> reporter: so far this book has received mixed reviews from the select media who had a chance to read it before today's launch. some say say loved it. others, like the new york daily news, say they found it a bit dull. rowling says he's proud of this novel and she wrote it for herself. suzanne. >> erin, thanks. appreciate it.
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